Member of Parliament For Ningo-Prampram Constituency, Sam Nartey George, has asked the National Communication Authority (NCA) and Ministry of Communication to apply common sense in dealing with the SIM registration exercise.
According to the MP, the deadline issued by the two State Agencies shows they did not apply common sense since they did not have a larger stakeholder engagement before the measures.
Speaking on Joy Prime morning show, Hon. Sam George said, bemoan the repercussion this decision will have on Ghanaian businesses.
“The NCA and Ministry of Communication should have applied common sense. They should have spoken to the technical people in the industry before issuing the deadline. The NIA was not created to issue Ghana cards within a said time, but to issue Ghana cards on an ongoing basis,” he said.
The Member of Communication committee of Parliament said, the restriction by the communication Ministry to use only Ghana card is the cause of the reluctant since the NIA are unable to issue the Ghana card as needed to do the registration.
“If the NCA and the Ministry of Communications were minded and had spoken to technical people and industry players at the commencement or even before the commencement of this process, they would have realized that restricting yourself to the Ghana cards alone was going to create this kind of problem,” he explained.
He added that, “We’ve seen other state institutions like SSNIT, like DVLA, do a synchronization of databases and verification of customers as against the NIA’s database. None of them ask their customers to come and queue and do a two-step process.”
Sam George criticized the Minister of Communication comment about some Ghanaian listening to him [Sam George] and refusing to register their sim, saying it is ‘preposterous’.
“It is insulting to the intelligence of the people of this country that the Minister for Communications would suggest that the people of this country do not have the brains to think on their own. She should respect the people of this country and know that they have the brains to think,” he said.